Stocks fall for first time in seven days as chemical company FMC slips
NEW YORK — Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news.
Chemical company FMC fell the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index after cutting its earnings forecast for the second quarter because its Agricultural Solutions unit performed worse than expected in the period. General Electric and Wisconsin Energy both dropped upon announcing acquisitions.
The stock market has climbed steadily in the past two months amid signs that the economy has recovered its momentum from the disruption of an unusually harsh winter.
Stronger growth should translate into higher corporate profits.
“The market has had a good run, and it needs to pause,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital.
The S&P 500 fell a fraction of a point, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,962.61. The index closed at a record 1,962.87 on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 9.82 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 16,937.26. The Nasdaq composite index edged up 0.64 point, or less than 0.01 percent, to 4,368.68.
FMC dropped $3.65, or 4.9 percent, to $71.10 after the company lowered its earnings forecast for the second quarter, saying the impact of the cold winter had been much stronger than it had originally anticipated.
Investors were watching deal news that produced winners and losers.
General Electric dropped 29 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $26.68 upon agreeing to acquire most of the power generation business belonging to Alstom, a French company. Wisconsin Energy fell $1.62, or 3.5 percent, to $45.27 after the company said that it was buying Integrys Energy for $5.8 billion.
Integrys was among the winners. The company's stock jumped $7.40, or 12.1 percent, to $68.35 on the news.
Micros Systems gained on deal news. The software company's stock rose $2.21, or 3.4 percent, to $67.98 when Oracle said it was buying the company for about $5.3 billion.
The stock market may be heading for a summer lull after its latest record-setting run, as investors wait for more confirmation that the economic outlook is improving, said Scott Wren, a senior equity strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors. The S&P 500 is up 6.2 percent for the year after trading mostly sideways for the first three months of the year.
“After the big run we've had over the past couple of months, a week or two of consolidation isn't anything out of the ordinary,” Wren said.
In government bond trading, prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves in the opposite direction from its price, rose to 2.62 percent.
The price of oil fell 66 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $106.17 a barrel.
Lululemon rose $1.02, or 2.5 percent, to $41.25 when The Wall Street Journal reported that the company's founder was working with Goldman Sachs to shake up the yoga clothing company's board.
Lululemon's stock is down 30 percent this year as the company works on improving its business since pulling one of its popular yoga pants from stores last spring because they were too sheer.
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